The History Of The 'F-Word'
Alright errbody, it's time to get schooled. First of all, as I'm sure you're all aware, the Men's NCAA Basketball tournament, March Madness, is about to begin. Every year, people all over the country anxiously await for the start of March so they can watch college basketball's biggest competition. Months, even years, of planning and strategizing go into creating your bracket, with the hopes of accurately predicting the tournament champion. But, here's the thing... While I'm all for the exciting rivalry of competitive sports (and the up-to-date news coverage provided by nearly every media outlet), does anybody remember what the month of March actually is? No, it's not a celebration of men's college basketball or the start of spring. The month of March is all about WOMEN!
In 1987, the month of March was internationally declared, Women's History Month. Every day, for 30 days, the world honors the generations of women who have fought hard and worked tirelessly to achieve personal and professional greatness. Women like Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks, and Emilia Earhart and Maya Angelou. For an entire month, we should all acknowledge these inspiring women, and women like them, who broke through the sexist discrimination of a male dominated society, and provided new paths and new opportunities for women all over the world. Essentially, the month of March celebrates feminism. (gasp!)
Yes, Feminism- the belief that women and men, of all ages and ethnicities, should be regarded as equals in every aspect of life. It's 2014 people. Time to throw away all the preconceived notions of a 'Feminist' as an anti-male, bra-burning, hairy arm-pitted, vigilante. If you believe that men and women should be paid the same salary, given the same opportunities, and deserve the same equal rights, then you too, are the 'F-Word.'